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Youth Take Charge Program

Grants to Canada Nonprofits, Charities, and Indigenous Organizations
to Engage Youth in Community and Civic Activities

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Government of Canada - Department of Canadian Heritage

Deadline Date:

09/17/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Canada nonprofit and indigenous organizations and registered charities for programs and projects that engage youth in community and civic activities. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. Eligible projects must be youth-led and focus on youth service, civic engagement, arts and culture, economic development, history, and heritage.

The Youth Take Charge Program aims to strengthen youth attachment to Canada through engagement. In this context, youth is defined as individuals between 7 and 30 years of age.

Funding supports youth-led projects that include activities in one or more of four thematic areas:

  • Arts and culture: Engages youth in Canada's arts and culture. This encompasses a diverse range of activities, creations and modes of expression, including music, theatre, literature, film, new media, sculpture and paintings.
  • Civic engagement and youth service: Engages youth in individual and collective actions designed to identify and address Canadian issues of public concern. This can take many forms, from individual volunteerism to organizational involvement to electoral participation.
  • Economic activities: Engages youth in the economic sphere of Canadian life. This strengthens their attachment to Canada through activities focused on Canadian entrepreneurship, trade and economic growth.
  • History and heritage: Engages youth in significant events, places, people or artefacts from Canada's past; and/or, accounts of diverse traditions that have had, and still have, an influence on the lives of Canadians.

Expected results include:

  • Youth are aware of the importance of being an active and engaged citizen
  • Youth are engaged in communities
  • Youth-serving organizations are relevant to youth

To be eligible for funding, projects must:

  • Meet the objective and contribute to the Program's expected results by actively encouraging youth engagement through events, programs or activities to:
    • Strengthen youth attachment to Canada;
    • Provide opportunities for youth to participate in their community; and
    • Involve youth in collaborative activities.
  • Directly engage a significant number of youth (aged 7 to 30);
  • Be youth-led (youth play a significant role in design, delivery and evaluation of the project);
  • Propose activities in one or more of the Program's thematic areas;
  • Use information and communication technologies as engagement tools; and
  • Demonstrate cash and/or in-kind support from community partners and other sources.

For a list of eligible expenses, see the guidelines link in Pre-Application Information below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183540

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Program expects to grant annual funding between $20,000 and $100,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

You may request funding for a project spanning more than one fiscal year. You must then show that there is a need for a multi-year commitment and that you have the capacity to complete the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, your organization must be:
- A Canadian registered not-for-profit organization;
- A Canadian registered charitable group; or
- An Indigenous representative organization.

In addition, your organization must:
- Have a minimum of three years of experience in serving youth on a significant national or provincial/territorial scale. This engagement is defined by a number of factors, such as: geographic reach: your organization's activities reach beyond your immediate regional community; demographic impact: your organization directly engages a significant number of youth on an annual basis;
- Have adequate security and safety policies and procedures in place demonstrating the nature and length of your experience in delivering youth programs.

For-profit entities, governments (federal, provincial/territorial or municipal administrations), Crown corporations or other federal institutions, and public or parapublic groups or organizations (e.g. schools, colleges, universities, school boards, public libraries) are not eligible.

- Projects consisting of activities that primarily take place outside of Canada;
- Activities of a primarily religious nature or that advocate for specific political parties;
- Projects with a budget that forecasts a deficit;
- Projects with costs primarily related to the creation and/or maintenance of a web site; and
- Projects or other activities for which support is received under the Exchanges Canada Program.

Ineligible expenses include:
Capital expenses (purchase of equipment and/or furniture, cost related to a contingency fund, acquisition of land, building, vehicle); operating expenses of your group; purchase and/or commission of items produced for commercial purposes; and alcoholic beverages.

Expenses incurred before the application deadline cannot be funded.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: September 17, no later than 11:59 PM local time

Applicants must contact the funding source to request an application. Organizations must meet all eligibility requirements and submit a complete application package to be considered for funding.

Applicants are invited to discuss your project with the funding source prior to applying to ensure your organization and project meet the eligibility requirements and program objectives.

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged within two weeks.

The federal government including Youth Take Charge can typically fund up to 75% of eligible expenses.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit your application package electronically to:

If you are unable to send your application package by email, please contact:
1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)

1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

Department of Canadian Heritage
Youth Take Charge
15 Eddy Street, 8th floor, 15-8-C
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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